Fri 8th September 2017 - 09:17

New SELFIE tool aims to support digital technologies in schools

The European Commission is teaming up with experts across Europe to develop SELFIE, a self-assessment tool that allows schools to reflect on the use of digital technologies for learning and plan for improvement. Six hundred schools from fourteen European countries will test the beta version in September and contribute to its development and finalisation planned for early 2018.

The tool is based on the Digitally-Competent Educational Organisations (DigCompOrg) conceptual framework that offers a detailed description of what it takes to educational institutions of any kind to be digitally competent.

SELFIE asks a series of questions to teachers, school leaders and students to provide a snapshot of the use of digital technologies for learning at a given school. The tool assesses learning, not technology, and hence follows a 360-degree approach including school strategies, teaching practices, infrastructure, curricula and students' experiences. The tool is flexible and fully customisable, so schools can adjust it to better suit their context:

 

The self-assessment tool for schools is based on a set of core questions and a number of customisable modules to adjust to the different school contexts and educational systems.
 

Its basic assumption is that a ‘digitally-capable school’ that promotes digital-age learning follows both top-down and bottom-up innovation and it is responsive and supportive of the development of its members. That is why SELFIE involves all key actors: school leaders, teachers and students and doesn't not follow a one-size-fits-all approach.

Moreover, all data is anonymous and cannot be tracked to individual schools, students or teachers. Answers are used to develop a school report indicating strengths and weaknesses. This report is owned by the school and is intended for internal dialogue, reflection and planning for improvement. The focus is on progress so SELFIE can be used by any school, not only the ones that are digital champions or highly innovative.

The project is developed by the Joint Research Centre in collaboration with the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture to support the European Commission’s objectives to improve digital skills and learning and the initiative Opening up Education.

To keep up to date and find out more about the tool visit the dedicated page.

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